Wildcats drop game to the South Harrison Hawks 14-6
The Wildcats of Paden City played their last home game at Berger Field on Friday, hosting the South Harrison Hawks and recognizing the seven seniors on the team in pre-game ceremonies. Unfortunately, the ‘Cats were at the wrong end of the 14-6 score at games end, putting their season record at 3-6 with one game left on their schedule.
“We had our chances, but we just didn’t get it done,” said Wildcat head coach, Brent Croasmun. “The kids played hard, but we made some mistakes we just couldn’t make up for.”
Paden City started off on the right foot with a Hayden Hizer 64 yard run down field for the first points of the night. The extra point run failed, but the ‘Cats held the lead in the game, 6-0.
With time running out in the first half, the Hawks quarterback connected on a 47 yard pass for a touchdown on their side of the scoreboard followed by the extra point kick to give them the lead, 7-0 at the end of two.
The teams played to a standstill in the third, but the Hawks added another seven points in the last quarter to take the eventual win, despite the ‘Cats having excellent field position a time or two.
“This was a game we could have won, we just missed our opportunities to score when we needed to,” the coach said.
The Hawks rushed for 212 yards on 42 carries and had 54 passing yards. The Wildcats rushed for 118 yards on 24 carries and had 194 passing yards.
Paden City achieved 11 first downs in the game to South Harrison’s 12; the Hawks were penalized three times for 35 yards while the Wildcats were penalized seven times costing them 77 yards.
The Hawks lost two of three fumbles and the ‘Cats fumbled once but recovered.
Paden City quarterback, Zach Heasley completed 10 of 27 passes in the game for 194 yards and was intercepted once.
Hayden Hizer was leading Wildcat receiver, pulling down five passes for 97 yards. Luke Cooper had two catches for 24 yards; Deven Price, one catch for 13 yards; Craig Allen, one catch for 28 yards; and Brandon Cross had one catch for 32 yards.
Hizer rushed for 103 yards on six carries for the Green and White and Cross carried the ball 11 times to gain 34 yards.
Defensively, senior Spencer Billings led Paden City’s attack with 18 tackles and a sack of the Hawk’s quarterback. Cross was credited with ten tackles, one for a loss; Allen had 10 tackles; Rander Amos, seven tackles; Cooper, seven tackles; Hizer, six tackles; and Heasley had one sack.
Wildcat seniors recognized: Brandon Cross, Craig Allen, Zach Heasley, Kane Pyles, Spencer Billings, Denton Thomas and Matthew Greathouse.
The Wildcats will travel across Wetzel County to take on the Valley Lumberjacks on Friday.